A video released by the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) shows 17 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled in cages being paraded through the streets of Kirkuk, Iraq.
Cheering jihadists filled the streets during the procession. The onlookers jeered and taunted the captured Kurds.
Social media posts about the nearly four-minute-long video released on Friday implied that the men would suffer the same fate as captured Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh who was burned alive in a cage by ISIS, reported the Daily Mail.
In the video, the 17 Kurdish captives were driven in individual cages on the backs of white pick-up trucks with jihadists carrying AK-47s and waving the black ISIS flag on board the vehicles.
Kirkuk is located in northwest Iraq. It is an oil-rich Kurdish stronghold where ISIS has established a presence.
“The parade, reportedly through the Hawija district in the southwest of Kirkuk, could be seen as revenge for horrific reports of Kurdish forces dragging the bodies of ISIS fighters through the streets of the city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq earlier this month,” reported the Daily Mail.
Assisted by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish forces have been combating ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria.